The Best Vegan Eats in London
Gone are the days where a bland mushroom risotto is the only vegan-option on every restaurant menu. Especially here in London, where to have a wealth of plant-based options on our doorstep, whether you’re after a crowd-pleasing Sunday brunch or a five-course fine dining experience. Here’s some of our favourites that are sure to tickle your taste buds…
For a Casual All Vegan Cafe; Black Cat, Clapton.
A pioneer in London’s vegan food scene, this not-for-profit workers’ cooperative guarantees tasty, filling food that’s budget friendly – a rarity that we’re eternally grateful for! With changing specials every day of the week, they cater for all taste preferences, from light & fresh flavoured salads to homemade vegan pastries and proper slap up comfort dishes like ‘chicken’ pot pie and jerk tofu stew.
For A Cali Health Food Vibe; Farmacy, Notting Hill
Farmacy is a little slice of Californian sunshine in the heart of West London, serving up a range of familiar dishes, but with a plant-based and nutritious twist. Favourites include colourful plates of nachos complete with lashings of guac and cashew sour cream come along with their Got No Beef Burger & healthier take on the classic Caesar salad. But make sure to save room for dessert; their nice cream brownie sundae with house made maca caramel sauce is renowned with the regulars…
For A Classic Pub with A Modern Twist; Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle.
It takes quite a lot to persuade us to trek out to Homerton, but London’s first 100% vegan pub is certainly worth the journey. That’s right, this spot is 100% plant-based, from the food and drink to the fixtures and fittings! The Mexican menu packs a serious punch too, serving up dishes that are more dirty vegan style than chia seeds and lettuce leaves. When there’s options like sweet potato and chorizo tacos, loaded guac dogs and wings drenched in hot sauce, all we’ll say is good luck deciding what to eat!
For A Family-Friendly Dinner; Mildreds.
For people unaccustomed to veggie or vegan dining, a menu full of cashew cheese and coconut bacon can seem a little overwhelming. Which is why Mildred’s is our go-to place for unpretentious, home cooked, plant focused food. The selection of curries, stir-frys and pies are sure to please all family members, no matter how young, old, or fussy! The only issue will be trying to get a table in this super popular spot…
For Vegan Junk Food Fix; Biffs Jack Shack Boxpark.
As soon as we heard their mission statement, to make “the world's filthiest, most indulgent vegan junk food out of one of the world's weirdest fruit” we were sold! Found in one of Shoreditch’s cool foodie hangouts, Biff’s Jack shack is here to indulge your dirtiest cravings – you name it, they’ve made it in their signature cruelty free style. The secret to their jackfruit dishes? They double dip it in a panko crumb and fry it to give a meat-like texture and serve wings on a sugarcane ‘bone’ for an authentic feel. We’re drooling at the thought…
For a Veggie Pick and Mix Feast; Ethos Oxford Circus.
We’ve mentioned Ethos plenty of times before (like in our London’s Best Pick & Mix Cafés blog post, here), but we’re still singing its praises almost a year later. What can we say, it’s plant-based offerings are consistently delicious, and has us piling up our plates time and time again. Eating salad has never been so tempting.
For A Fancy Dinner; Vanilla Black.
Who said vegans can’t have a fine dining experience? If you’re after somewhere a little special for a big celebration, this is the place to book. Expect creative cooking, unique ingredients and beautiful plating skills, with plants at the forefront of every dish. Although a vegetarian eatery, there’s plenty of vegan options to delight every lifestyle - they even offer a set five-course vegan dinner option with optional wine pairings! Ooh la la indeed.